As far as disastrous Obamacare exchanges go, Maryland has taken the lead. The Baltimore Sun reported Sunday night that the federal inspector general will launch a probe into how the state spent federal funds, according to Rep. Andy Harris, the Republican congressman who asked for a probe last month. This comes less than a week after the Government Accountability Office agreed to investigate how Maryland and four other underperforming exchanges spent government funds.
But an audit by the inspector general is "more exhaustive and specific" than a GAO investigation, according to The Sun. And, in addition to examining how funds were spent, Harris's audit request included finding out "who specifically failed in their responsibilities to safeguard federal taxpayer money." Or, in simpler terms, who needs to be fired. The investigation will also go into decisions made by the federal Department of Health and Human Services.
Politically, the problems with the site started on October 1, when the exchange crashed. But reporters found that several individuals, including Gov. Martin O'Malley and the Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown — who was in charge of the exchange — knew about its problems a year in advance. Add that to feuding contractors and it's easy to see what went wrong over the last four and a half months.